World Heritage Virtual Tour Adds 80 New Sites With the Help of REALVIZ® Stitcher® Unlimited

WHTour.org is a stunning 360-degree virtual tour of World Heritage sites from across the globe.
Press Release

REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, is delighted to lend their support for the re-launch of WHTour.org, a stunning 360-degree virtual tour of World Heritage sites from across the globe.  WHTour.org is an independent non-profit organization documenting the UNESCO World Heritage List with a series of remarkable panographies. The site is the work of Belgian
photographer, Tito Dupret.

During the 7 years already committed to this valuable project, Dupret has helped produce some of the most impressive panographies ever seen of some of the most historic, rare and often unreachable sites from across the planet in full-color, full-screen splendor. From China, Tanzania, Indonesia, Iran and India to Egypt and now the Middle East, each of Dupret’s panographies is produced with the aid of REALVIZ’ panorama assembling software, Stitcher® Unlimited.

WHTour.org

REALVIZ Stitcher is a photo stitching and image assembling software for the creation of professional-level panoramas and 360° virtual tours. Starting from digital images, the software’s powerful central automatic stitching engine enables a diverse range of users to create high-quality panoramas, large-format prints, matte paintings, reflection maps and textures for film & television, as well as dynamic virtual tours for the real estate and
tourism industries

“For the last 15 months I have not published a single image,” explains Dupret. “Around 8 of these were spent shooting 80 new World Heritage sites. An additional 7 months were needed to build the new site and to post-produce the ‘panographies’ – 360 degree imaging. The site now includes significant new areas, including the Middle East and East Africa. These are regions, which currently attract a lot interest in the news, but unfortunately often not for the right reasons. What we want to present is a peaceful message on the rich heritage and natural beauty of these regions.”

“I have been using REALVIZ Stitcher since 2001,” says Dupret “and it has always been a pleasure for me to discover the latest versions of the software, as each one has helped me to reduce the time spent in post-production when producing my panographies. In this way, I can capture as many locations as possible within a limited time frame, and maximize our documentation of the World Heritage sites. We are very proud to have REALVIZ on board as an official sponsor of the World Heritage Tour.”

“We are delighted to continue our support of Tito and the World Heritage Tour project,” adds Dominique Pouliquen, REALVIZ CEO. “We have seen the site grow gradually over the last 7 years, and are proud to be part of such an important contribution to the documentation of such rare and significant sites. “

In addition, the site is now available in French as well as English. There is also a powerful new search engine, different viewing formats, including QuickTime® & Adobe Flash Player, plus a Print mode.

“There are also cubes that you can print, cut, fold and put together with your kids on your knee,” explains Dupret. “This is a fabulous way to help them learn about what World Heritage is.”

For further details on the World Heritage Tour, visit: www.world-heritage-tour.org.

For further details on REALVIZ Stitcher, please visit: http://stitcher.realviz.com, or contact sales@realviz.com.

About REALVIZ
REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France, with satellite sales offices in Los Angeles, London and Paris. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the Company’s applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ’ award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Toyota, Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, The Orphanage, Inc, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Duran Duboi and many others.

REALVIZ technology has been used to create stunning visual effects in many recent major movies, including: 2008 Oscar Winner ‘The Golden Compass’, ‘The Mist’, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, ‘Fantastic Four – Rise of the Silver Surfer’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’, ‘Night at the Museum’, ‘The Last Mimzy’, ‘Grindhouse’, ‘Underdog’, ‘Blades of Glory’, ‘Zodiac’, ‘Goal! 2: Living the Dream’, ‘The Host’, ‘Children of Men’, and ‘Superman Returns’.  www.realviz.com

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May 2007 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – Eirik Holmoyvik Photography

Eirik lives in Bergen, Norway and takes a wide range of photographs, from landscapes to street scenes, all of which is striking.
Eirik Holmoyvik photography

Eirik Holmoyvik is a photographer based in Norway who covers a wide range of subjects. He seems to always be experimenting and pushing his own boundaries. His web site shows work shot conventionally, using long exposures, the Lensbaby, pinhole cameras and more. His subject matter ranges from the landscape to people.

Eirik Holmoyvik photography

Eirik’s website shows the range of work he produces. His landscape work is striking. A range of approaches, from conventional through long exposure to pinhole, produces monochrome landscapes from Norway and Iceland. The stunning subject matter is greatly enhanced by excellent photographic technique to produce landscape images that anyone would love to call theirs.

Eirik Holmoyvik photography

Other galleries show Eirik’s striking street photography. Strong use of light and shade create very graphic images and are highly rewarding to examine. There is a lot of work here to examine, and it is worth spending the time to carefully go through the galleries. One series that looks at the world through a child’s eyes is shot in color and is stunning work. The use of vignette, contrast and soft focus/blur works amazingly well and I found took me back to the color photographs of my own childhood.

Eirik Holmoyvik photography

The website is simply done in HTML is a style which I find very reminiscent of blogs. The gallery pages adopt a simple but highly effective approach of putting the large view image at the top and then below this, putting decent size thumbnails of all the other images in the gallery. This makes it very easy, with only vertical scrolling, to work out which image you want to look at next. Pages are fast to load ad work well, providing a clean interface to concentrate on the images.

Eirik Holmoyvik photography

I’m impressed by the huge amount of wonderful work out there and Eirik’s is up there with the best. His landscapes are inspiring for my own attempts in this field, while his street photography is hugely impressive and shows just what you can produce from the familiar that is around you if you are just open to it. Even familiar locations can be made into strong, graphic elements, as Eirik has done with his use of light, contrast and framing. ‘The way children see the world’ series shows the value in trying something different.

Eirik Holmoyvik photography

I encourage you to have a good look around Eirik’s site. The work is simply great.

http://www.luguber.net/

May 2007 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – David Burdeny

David Burdeny is an architect who seems to be making a big name for himself as a fine art photographer. A Landscape photographer, David’s images have an amazing calmness about them.
Photography by David Burdeny

David Burdeny is a Canadian photographer of the landscape. Whilst he shoots BW film, he exhibits and sells C-type color prints of these because he finds it works better for his preferred mounting method on aluminum.

Preferring to shoot in low light and twilight, David’s exposures are long. With his preferred subject matter of sea, sky and the land in between, the long exposures produce a beautiful abstraction, blurring the movement of both sky and sea. The resulting images are striking. The work is displayed in four galleries: Asia, Europe, North America and Color Work. The three galleries of BW work all share a common approach: long exposure blurring of the water and sky, forming a strong textural contrast with the sharp manmade or landscape elements. The color work is very different, forming a series called ‘Drift’. These use a variety of analog and digital photographic processes to reverse the normal way a camera records motion. Rather than blurring movement and sharply recording the still, these images of David’s blur the still and render sharp that which is in motion.

Photography by David Burdeny

The website uses Flash but it does this in an absolutely perfect way. The site is very fast and responsive and has none of the problems some Flash sites do with sluggishness. Each page has an identical layout. There is a top and a bottom menu. The top menu provides links to display CV, Artist Statement, Print Info, Representative, News, Reviews and Contact info. The bottom menu gives access to the four galleries of work, images of David’s first book and images of the magazine articles that have appeared about his work. When you access a gallery, a row of numbers appears below the bottom menu that provide access to the individual images, a tasteful animation effect scrolls in the new image. My one criticism is that you need a wide browser window to see the whole width of the page. If your window width just happens to fall at the right place you may not realize you are not seeing all of the page, because no horizontal scrollbar appears. This is a problem and I’d like to see it addressed. A wide browser window is needed sometimes, however, because some of the images are somewhat panoramic.

Photography by David Burdeny

David’s work is strikingly minimalist. I love it. The BW work is graphic, in that there is strong use of shape, line and tone. It is, above all else, beautiful. The images are clean and grain free (hard to see on the web but if you see one of the magazines that has covered his work or have one of the galleries that represent him nearby, you will see this. The ‘Drift’ series of color work is amazingly. Abstract paintings with light is how I would describe them.

Photography by David Burdeny

You can learn a lot from examining David’s work. They can teach you about composition, about the use of tone and about how to say more with less. David’s book, Shorelines, certainly looks worth adding to a photo book collection. David’s work certainly inspires me.

Photography by David Burdeny

Photography by David Burdeny

http://www.davidburdeny.com/

May 2007 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – Barbara Leven Photography

Barbara Leven’s photography of the urban and natural landscape through tight, detail shots is striking.
Barbara Leven's photography website

Barbara is a New York photographer who seems to like to isolate a detail from a larger scene. A fine art photographer, she has a long exhibition history of both analog and digital photography.

Her web site shows photography in four galleries: urban relics, slow glass, flora and living water. Urban relics comprises tight, isolated details found around the streets of New York. Slow glass is a series of lovely, abstract images of glass and reflections in the glass. Flora comprises striking plant and floral photography. Living water is very strong photography of pond and lake water, of koi fish and leaves, and the beautiful surface tension effects. All are close-ups of details isolated from their environment. All the work is crisp, saturated and striking. There is a unifying sense of peace through all four galleries.

Barbara Leven's photography website

The web site is a simple, flash site. A tasteful slideshow runs on the home page. A straightforward navigation bar runs across the bottom of the site, giving access to all parts of the site from every page. The galleries display only one image at a time, with navigation buttons to move from image to the next image. You can also access a thumbnail view and purchase information from each image page. Other pages in the site are an artist’s statement, resume, contact details, information on print purchases, a feedback page and news of upcoming and current exhibitions.

Barbara Leven's photography website

The whole site works extremely well,  the site technology, the aesthetics of it and the strong photography. It is tasteful and subdued and allows the viewer to concentrate on the photography, which is the whole idea. A great site and stunning photography.

Barbara Leven's photography website

www.barbaraleven.com

Jan 2007 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – Mehmet Özgür

Mehmet Özgür has simply stunning landscape photography and the most amazing studies of smoke.
Mehmet Özgür photography

This is an unusual award in this series, because it is really just about the work, rather than the website you can view it on.

An engineer by education and profession, Mehmet is also an avid photographer. His work spans a substantial range of subject matter and technique, from the landscape panorama to normal format landscape, digital compositions and his amazing smoke works. It was his smoke series that caught my attention, seeing an excellent profile of his work in the Nov-Dec 2006 issue of LensWork magazine. His smoke series comprise stunning images of incense smoke, mainly in monochrome but some in color. These, as all of his work, are digitally manipulated on the computer to provide the effect he is after.

Mehmet Özgür photography

Mehmet Özgür photography

Beyond the smoke series that first caught my attention, Mehmet has an amazing body of landscape photography. These range from his minimalist ‘Thin lines’ series of mainly monochrome images of trees that are significantly abstract pieces, in my view, to more ‘normal’ tree portraits to rich and detailed landscape panoramas, which are mainly in color. All these works appear to have some degree of digital adjustment, though this ranges from the not visible subtle adjustment of tonality that one might do in the darkroom, to the much more obvious crafting in Photoshop.

Mehmet Özgür photography

All of Mehmet’s work is strong, striking, beautifully composed and, frankly, divine. You can learn a lot about the crafting of images from a careful examination of Mehmet’s work. Unlike so many photographers who are hesitant about the powers that Photoshop offers them, Mehmet rather embraces the power of PS as yet another manipulative tool in an art form which is all about manipulation and confidently runs with it.

Mehmet Özgür photography

Mehmet Özgür photography

Mehmet does not have his own web site, but rather has an extensive body of his work on photo.net.

Do yourself a favor and spend some time carefully examining his work.

All images provided by Mehmet Özgür with his permission.

Some More Infrared Photography

In this article I present some new infrared images, mostly taken with an infrared converted Canon 350D. For these shots I used a lens that others have warned not to use for infrared photography.
Infrared photography with a Canon 400D
This is the one shot here not taken with my converted 350D. It was shot with a Canon 400D, the supposedly non-IR compatible EF 24-85 f3.5-4.5 USM lens and a Hoya R71 filter. Exposure was 30 seconds at f5.6 and 100ISO. Focal length was 85mm.

Infrared photography with a converted 350D
Also with the 24-85mm lens, but now on my converted 350D. Focal Length was 30mm, 1/320 second at f8 and 100ISO.

Infrared photography with a converted 350D
Same lens and camera, 1/200 second at f8, 85mm focal length.

Infrared photography with a converted 350D
Same lens at 24mm, 1/160 second at f8, 100ISO.

Infrared photography with a converted 350D
85mm, 1/200 second at f8

Infrared photography with a converted 350D
85mm, 1/400 second at f8

I shot a full sequence of shots with the EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM lens, at all apertures and at 24mm, 50mm and 85mm and found no central hotspot.

A Day of Shooting With My Infrared Converted Canon 350D

Sunday I was out shooting with my newly converted for IR 350D camera
A few hours shooting with  converted 350D on Sunday (plus a bot of shooting on the previous few days) resulted in my gaining more familiarity with how the camera responds since the conversion. The results are below:

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/250 sec f8 100ISO, 20mm with a 17-35mm f2.8 lens

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/100 sec f8 100ISO, 35mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/100 sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/250sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/50 sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/25 sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/50 sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/50 sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/80 sec f8 100ISO, 17mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/125 sec f8 100ISO, 35mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/640 sec f2.8 100ISO, 100mm f2.8 macro

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/100 sec f8 100ISO, 50mm f1.8

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/160 sec f8 100ISO, 50mm

Infrared photograph taken with converted Canon 350D
1/250 sec f8 100ISO, 50mm

Nov 2006 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – Nadia Salameh Wedding and Portrait Photography

This site shows the great wedding and portrait photography, as well as other work, of the American photographer Nadia Salameh.

Nadia is an American photographer from Southern California who is presently on an extended residence in Barcelona, Spain. She is a specialist wedding/portrait photographer but also actively works on personal projects involving people and nature. I met Nadia while in Barcelona and at Arles. Nadia’s great asset for the type of photography she does is a natural, warm and easygoing rapport with people. This is essential for getting the best out of a subject or group and Nadia has it naturally.

Nadia Salameh Photography

The photography on her web site is excellent. Predominantly people, there is also some great landscape and wildlife photography. But people are Nadia’s strongpoint and her wedding and portrait photography covers a creative and natural style that is very pleasing. A large amount of photography is visible on her site, allowing potential clients to get a good feel for what she is capable of.

Nadia Salameh Photography

Her web site is Flash-based and makes good and effective use of it. The opening sequence is intriguing enough to make you want to watch it and does a good job of hinting at what you will see inside the site. Once in, the site is divided into four main sections: wedding; portrait; global people photography; and landscape/fine art. In addition there is a biography and contact form. The four galleries display small thumbnails across the bottom below a large image of whichever image your mouse hovers over. It is effective and elegant. The only criticism is that because of the large number of images in each gallery, they can take a little while to load, even on a fast Internet connection. However, you are rewarded for your slight wait by some great images, so I did not find this a problem. It might make it hard for users on slow connections though.

Nadia Salameh Photography

All round, this is a great website. Great imagery, great design. It should be an effective selling tool for Nadia too.

Nadia Salameh Photography

www.nadiasalamehphotography.com

Nadia Salameh Photography

Oct 2006 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – Jane Davenport insect and flower photography, and more

This site shows the great nature photography of Jane Davenport

Jane is an Australian photographer who specializes in nature photography from a creative perspective. Cutting her teeth in fashion photography, Jane is a whiz at both photography and at the marketing of her work. I first came across Jane when I received a press release that she had just won a Photoshop Guru award when I was editor of Digital Photography & Design magazine. Next trip to Sydney I went and interviewed her and had a good look at her lovely digital prints, which she does herself. That was some years ago.

Jane Davenport's photography website

The photography on her web site covers insects, flowers, shells and other beach objects. Beautifully composed with strong use of color and generally plain backgrounds, the images are strong and attractive.

Jane Davenport's photography website

Her web site is simple and effective. Using a black background to make the images stronger, the site packs a lot of pages into an effective navigation approach. The site is divided into three main areas: exhibitions and tours; image gallery and shop. The site adopts a vertical scrolling approach to fitting a lot of information that is quite effective. Pages load fairly quickly, at least on a fast broadband connection.

Jane Davenport's photography website

This a great and inspiring web site at many levels. The photography shows effective use of macro techniques, excellent Photoshop use to simplify and create great pieces and excellent marketing skills on how to create a photography brand and cover all the bases.

Jane Davenport's photography website

www.janedavenport.com.au

Sept 2006 Outstanding Art/Photo Site Award – Don Relyea

This site shows the generative art work of Don Relyea, which includes both visual art works and music.
Don Relyea Web Site Award

Don is a fine art printmaker by training and an explorer by disposition. He explores the algorithmic landscape created by code and algorithm on his computers, creating wonderful visual art pieces and music in the process.

Don Relyea Web Site Award

Don’s art process lies in the generative sphere (for visual art), where he creates code that iterates and thus produces the work of art. I’ll concentrate on the visual art, as this is more my area, and is done through generative techniques. Don is exploring generative techniques in his music work but so far all his music is done using various non-generative techniques. The result may be a still image, a video or a piece of code that must be run each time to generate the work as it is being viewed. He thus works in program code and scripting languages.

Don Relyea Web Site Award

The work displayed on the web site is bright, interesting and ever changing as he adds new projects and pieces. Whilst algorithmic art existed before computers in a very limited way, it is such a natural fit that when you view Don’s work it is easy to sense that you are seeing part of the real impact of digital processes on art.

Don Relyea Web Site Award

The web site is well organized and easy to navigate. It is bright, to match the work, and, with his inclusion of free screensavers, a site that allows you to take home more than just ideas.

This is a great site and well deserving of the Site Award. Well done Don.

www.donrelyea.com